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Is Pokemon's underlying theme environmentalist-based?

  • Pokemon is environmentalist.

    Pokemon has been (and still is) emitting environmentalist themes to children to hopefully make them more aware of the environment. For example, Team Rocket portrays the evils of poaching, Team Magma and Aqua signifies the awareness towards the natural water sources or land, Team Plasma is like PETA. Ash Ketchum has the word "Ash" probably derived from "ash tree" to be symbolic/archetypal for growth, change, etc. Misty = water, Brock = Earth, May = spring (renewal), etc.

  • Agreed, environmentalism is the way of the future.

    I think the most recent generation makes a more explicit statement for environmentalism. Xerneas as the flow of energy to the environment. Yveltal as the flow of energy from the environment into ourselves. Zygarde as balance. If the flow of life force is not in good balance, Zygarde comes in to help restore the balance.

  • Pokemon's environmentalism romanticizes animal exploitation

    I think there is a more disturbing aspect in considering that the premise of the game and story of pokemon is founded on the idea of capturing and exploiting living creatures. Yes, it tries to convey this loving relationship between pokemon and their master but Ash or whatever pokemon trainer it happens to be is always assuming the role of some sort of master over the pokemon who are reduced to their function as a tool or slave, as a means to an end. To be a pokemon master.

  • Not that much

    Although your points about Team Magma and Team Aqua are indeed true, there is much more to Pokémon than just the environment. For example, Team Rocket is indeed about poaching, but stealing Pokémon from other trainers does not really impact the environment in many ways. In conclusion, Pokémon may have some aspects that teach children to save the environment, but in essence is to make friends and have fun.

  • It isn't, but...

    This is a somewhat unsound argument. Pokemon isn't all about environmentalism. However, some parts were probably created with some environmentalist themes in mind, although that is not the central idea of the series. That is not a bad thing. You can deliver these messages to people in an entertaining way.

  • It isn't, but...

    This is a somewhat unsound argument. Pokemon isn't all about environmentalism. However, some parts were probably created with some environmentalist themes in mind, although that is not the central idea of the series. That is not a bad thing. You can deliver these messages to people in an entertaining way.

  • No... just no.

    For starters, Teams Aqua, Magma, and Plasma weren't around until years after Pokemon was created originally. Misty's name is a pun off "Mist", because she is a water-type gym leader. And Ash was originally to be named Casey (who would later become a recurring anime character during Ash's adventures in the Johto region.) This entire argument is flawed.


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